Opinion

Let’s Talk About Hate Speech, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...visionary leadership is needed to mediate bitterness and mis-understanding and give every section of Nigeria a sense of equal worth, not necessarily attained at the expense of others. In this enterprise, however, Nigeria has largely been The PDP governments of recent years made a mess. President Buhari promised to change…
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A Grubby, Illegitimate Constitutional Amendment, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

As citizens, Nigerians must decide in this case not to settle for convenient options. There may well be a few sensible amendments in this package but if we cannot sequester them from the mostly self-serving lot, then, we should resolve to reject the entire package. That is the only way…
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Opinion

Ranti Bosede Daudu, “Gimbiyan Nakasasu”: September 1962 – July 2017, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...we must acknowledge an incredible woman of rare compassion and exceptional courage who gave everything for others, even when lesser mortals would have surrendered to the untold suffering that she endured. In her death, the community of persons living with disabilities in Nigeria lost their ablest defender and In November…
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Opinion

Concerning Sovereign Infirmities, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Whatever the medical dictionaries may say, the lesson of history is quite clear: Presidential infirmities are almost always un-acknowledged or under-reported. Bulletins about them are never models of candour and presidential courtiers everywhere are brutally enthusiastic about surrounding their principals' "a bodyguard of lies.” Amidst the current crisis of non-disclosure…
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Opinion

The Public Intellectual as a Polymath, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Through these Volumes, Professor Anya is guaranteed to influence Nigeria’s national mentality for a long time. In them, he demonstrates why and how he is a defining Level III public intellectual of his and every other Nigerian generation. He bequeaths an intellectual legacy with few peers in these parts. The…
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Opinion

African Tales in Presidential Ministrations, Shamans and Charlatans, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

- Late President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi As Nigeria grapples with the increasingly interminable uncertainties of what officialdom stubbornly insists on calling an extended presidential winter vacation, Africa holds lessons that we can look to, even when we choose not to recall our own recent memories of presidential polytheisms.…
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Opinion

In Memory of the Children Massacred In FGC Buni-Yadi on 25 February 2014, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Three years later, it is important today, as always, to remember the victims, their families and their communities. Even more, the successors of the government that behaved so abjectly in the face of that assault on its most vulnerable must heed the lessons from that day: government that behaves like…
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Opinion

Unmasking the Ruse of Law: An Outlook for Nigeria in 2017, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...2017 will be a significant, if trying year for Nigeria’s legal, judicial and institutional systems. There will be major decisions to take, none more important in its implications than the fate of the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation. With the judiciary under pressure, this is an important…
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Opinion

As Buhari Fights Corruption Without a Strategy, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...President Buhari’s much-advertised fight against corruption is officially in disarray. The real problem is that, clearly incapable of fighting the ailment, the administration has chosen to fight its symptoms with the wrong prescriptions. Corruption of the Nigerian hue is a crime against a common patrimony in search of a people…
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